Saget comedy to follow 'Dancing' on April 6
ABC has given a plum Monday night berth to “Surviving Suburbia,” the orphaned Bob Saget comedy that had originally been targeted for the CW’s Sunday night lineup.The half-hour laffer will air on Mondays at 9:30 p.m., following “Dancing with the Stars,” starting April 6. ABC had previously announced that “Samantha Who,” which earned a solid following in that spot last year and this fall, is moving to Thursdays. “Suburbia” was originally set to air this March as part of Media Rights Capital’s Sunday night programming deal with the CW. But the show was left without a home after CW scrapped that relationship. ABC, which has been on the hunt for family shows in the vein of “Roseanne” and “Home Improvement,” later entered talks with MRC about acquiring the show, which has already produced 13 episodes (Daily Variety, Jan. 29). Kevin Abbott (“Reba”) exec produces the laffer, along with Acme Prods.’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. “Suburbia,” which also features Cynthia Stevenson and Dan Cortese, revolves around Steve and Anne Patterson and their two children, all of whose lives are upended when they get new next-door neighbors. When the MRC/CW pact collapsed, “Suburbia” was in the middle of shooting episode six. MRC told Abbott, Hanel and Schultheis to keep shooting the rest of the show’s 13-episode order — and then set about to find the laffer a new home. “When the CW deal imploded, we thought surely the show was dead,” Abbott said. “There were a few sleepless nights. But then ABC picked it up and gave us this phenomenal time slot.”
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